February will go down as one of the most
heartbreaking, tragic months in the history of
Broward County or the State of Florida. The shooting
at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the
lives of 17 students and teachers who were lights
for everyone in their lives. They were talented,
ambitious, and kind souls who did not deserve to get
gunned down by this vicious act of violence. Thank
you to our first responders and teachers who put
themselves in harm’s way to protect our children.
Broward County Government will do everything in its
power to prevent something like this from ever
happening again. For now, we are joined as a Broward
community in grief and love for the victims and
We are going to have to face each day with courage.
Courage to ask tough questions about ourselves and
our society. We join with far too many communities
that have dealt with this kind of tragedy. Enough is
enough. Let’s keep those who are suffering in our
thoughts and rededicate ourselves to the larger
family to which we all belong.
People around the country and the world have been
inspired by the strength, bravery, and positive
actions demonstrated by the students who survived
this tragic event. We have a responsibility as
adults to do what we can to work with them to make
change happen. At our February 27th County
Commission Meeting, we passed a resolution urging
the state to take action on comprehensive gun
control solutions. While state preemption laws limit
what we can do at the County level, we are
determined to do all that we can to put in place
common-sense solutions. We also approved the
creation of a task force and an independent
comprehensive after-action report so we can make
improvements in the way we work within and across
agencies to prevent such tragedies. Stay tuned for
updates on what action Broward County is taking to
prevent another tragedy like this.
Broward Days is an annual event when Broward County
officials, activists, and municipal interests gather in
Tallahassee for face-to-face time with our state legislators
that is dedicated to Broward County issues. It also serves
as an invaluable opportunity for various interests in
Broward to come together and develop unified ideas for
making our County better. Much of Broward Days this year was
focused on getting major initiatives passed on issues
ranging from the environment to economic development to
affordable housing. We held several workshops and
enlightening panels to figure out the best path forward for
One major issue that was discussed is the topic of home rule
and pre-emption. This is a major topic in the wake of the
Parkland tragedy. The state is currently allowed to pre-empt
us on mostly all gun control measures we attempt to pass.
Even if we feel a particular piece of gun legislation is
best for our County, it can be struck down, and our
officials can be fined and removed from office. It is
important that Broward County be allowed to have its own
voice and ability to make laws that we feel keep our
Leading a panel discussion on economic development at Broward Days.
Coral Reef Bill Passed
Great news for our coral reefs! After many months, the
Florida Legislature has passed legislation creating the
Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area.
This legislation creates a “box” stretching from Martin
County to Miami-Dade, where scientists can investigate the
disease that is destroying the reef and combat it. The bill
will take effect on July 1st, helping preserve our reef for
years to come. Thank you to Senators Gary Farmer and Lauren
Book and Representative Kristen Jacobs for their leadership
in introducing it. The South Florida Regional Planning
Council has been working together with our partners in the
Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to make sure our
coral reefs are protected. The reef is the basis for a major
ocean ecosystem, and a key part of our economy. It is
important that we work with our regional partners so that
progress can be made to protect it.
Discussing solutions to protect our coral reef at the joint meeting of the South Florida Regional Planning Council and Treasure Coast Planning Council.
Spay and Neuter Clinic Open
The Portable Spay and Neuter Clinic is now open in
Hollywood. It was my pleasure to attend the ribbon cutting
for the Spay and Neuter Clinic in John Williams Park located
at 6101 Sheridan Street. The Clinic is a fast, convenient
way for you to take care of this critical procedure for your
pet. They expect to perform more than 4,500 procedures in
2018! The Clinic will only be open in this location for six
months, so don’t wait. To schedule an appointment call
954-463-SPAY or visit the web portal.
Woof woof! Having a great time opening the Portable Clinic – make an appointment today!
Adult Civil Citation
In February, the Broward County Commission voted to create
an Adult Civil Citation Program for certain minor
infractions. This program gives law enforcement officers the
discretion to issue someone a citation for certain
misdemeanors instead of arresting them. I am a strong
supporter of this program, as I feel it gives a second
chance to Broward residents and reduces the damaging, costly
trend of mass incarceration for minor crimes. More than
1,200 people in Broward are currently incarcerated with
permanent records for these offenses, at the cost of $55 per
day to house them – nearly $25 million a year! It also
leaves residents, disproportionately young people of color,
with permanent records and trapped in the streets-to-jail
cycle. This program places them in a helpful diversion
program so they don’t get stuck. Similar programs have had
huge success nationwide from Tallahassee all the way to
Portland, Oregon. I anticipate that it will have the same
positive effect in Broward County.
An example of how well other civil citation programs have worked across the country.
New Terminal at FLL
2017 was a record-breaking year for Broward’s
Fort-Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport with 32
million passengers going in and out, shattering an all-time
high. We are constantly working to improve our airport and
keep it world-class quality. On February 1st, we dedicated
the new Terminal One expansion, so our customers can fly in
style in a top-notch facility. We will continue making
improvements to our airport which includes plans for a
transportation system that flows from the airport to
Broward’s Port Everglades to downtown areas. With more
people coming into Broward than ever, we have to do
everything we can to make sure they can get around.
Opening the new Terminal One expansion at Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Thanks to Aviation staff, especially Director Mark Gale.
Black History Month in Broward County
Every February, we celebrate Black History Month. This is a
time to celebrate black Americans immense contributions to
our culture and history, remember the long fight for
equality and civil rights, and recognize that despite our
progress, we still have a long way to go to make sure every
one of our citizens has an equal opportunity and equal
treatment in our country, no matter what the color of their
skin. The Broward County Library system hosted many exciting
events throughout the month that taught us about history and
On Friday, February 16th, I was honored to attend Broward’s
Legal Firsts, a celebration of Broward’s esteemed black
legal community. The event paid tribute to the massive
contributions of history-making legal minds, including
special guests like the Honorable Judge Reddick. The event
also featured a screening of the powerful documentary Dania
Beach and Liberia, a story of two historically black
neighborhoods in Hollywood and Dania Beach. This excellent
film did a great job of showing the historic roots of black
Americans in Broward County, and the immense contributions
of neighborhoods like these to our identity.
Some of the awards given to incredible trailblazers in Broward County.
I am thankful for the opportunity I was given to speak at
the January meeting of Hispanic Vote, an organization for
Latino voters and residents who get involved politically in
South Florida. I enjoyed speaking about projects that the
County is working on, and answering questions about what our
government is doing for people in Broward.
Cafecito With Mayor Beam Furr
I am excited to announce a monthly event created in collaboration with,
Broward County Latin Entrepreneurs.
The event is titled “Cafecito with Mayor Beam Furr.” These meetings are designed so residents can meet with
me in a casual setting, asking questions over coffee. I hope that these events will give me the chance to
meet with residents in communities that want more of a voice, and work together to make Broward better.
The first meeting will be held Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30AM at Latin American Grill, 12638 Pines Blvd in Pembroke Pines.
Thank you to Michael Garcia and Liza Erazo for having me at Hispanic Vote
Pompano Beach Library
It was my pleasure to participate in the opening of the
brand-new Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center last
month. This state-of-the-art facility is a great new asset
for Pompano Beach and its library patrons. Come inside and
learn more by attending a cultural event, learning at the
computer center, or checking out a book using your library
card. The library is located at 50 W. Atlantic Boulevard. I
hope you have the chance to check it out.
Overjoyed to open the new Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center
Participate in My Next Move Employer Recruitment
Congratulations to Rich Dally
Congratulations to the new Hallandale Beach City
Commissioner, Rich Dally. He has been appointed as
Commissioner for Seat #2. Rich is an extremely dedicated
young man with a terrific vision for the future of the City.
Hallandale Beach is fortunate to have him as a Commissioner.
I was glad to have had the opportunity to swear him in as he
officially took office this month.
Congratulations Commissioner Dally, Hallandale Beach’s newest Commissioner!
Hallandale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Installation
Proud to install the new Hallandale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
The 41st Annual Broward Waterways Cleanup will be held
throughout the County on Saturday, March 3rd. This event
brings more than 2,000 volunteers to Broward County to clear
debris and harmful items from our precious waterways. This
is a critical event in Broward County for making our
environment the best it can be. To sign up, please visit
water clean up website.
Sign up to help keep our waterways clean.
Our District office is conveniently located in the lobby of the Hollywood Branch of the Broward County Public Library at
2600 Hollywood Blvd, next to Hollywood City Hall. This office is open for your convenience Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4PM.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, or you have a great idea, suggestion or an issue that needs my attention, feel free to call
me at 954-357-7790 / 7006 or send me an email at
Beam Furr District 6
Broward County Commission | 115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 412
| Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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